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Using Awls Without Hurt­ing Your Hand

How you hold an awl in use is import­ant for a couple of reas­ons. You need to hold it in a way that gives you good con­trol over what you’re doing but allows you to apply suf­fi­cient force while redu­cing a tend­ency to lever the blade (which will surely snap it); but you …

Ren­der­ing Tal­low

He bequeythed to his dow­tyr Bell Hys talow, his gres, now euery­dell With pyr­dowy. Tal­low is rendered beef or mut­ton fat and makes a fairly good leath­er dress­ing. It is ref­er­enced in the Lystyne Lordys Vera­ment, from which the verse above is taken. It is also used for mak­ing candles and …

The Care and Feed­ing of Shoes

While I’m still work­ing up con­tent relat­ing to the actu­al con­struc­tion of peri­od shoes I thought I’d touch on the sub­ject of look­ing after them. To some extent these instruc­tions apply to oth­er types of leath­er goods as well. This all applies more to veget­­able-tanned leath­er than to chrome-tanned leath­er but …

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